Curry injury scare mars Warriors' win

Sports | 6 Dec 2017

Stephen Curry sparked a second-half comeback to inspire the Golden State Warriors to a 125-115 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, but suffered an ankle injury to take the shine off a dramatic win.

Curry rolled badly on his right ankle in the final minute of the game in New Orleans, limping off the court and later leaving the arena on crutches.

X-rays taken after the game however indicated no serious damage although Curry was taking nothing for granted, having already suffered an injury to his right ankle earlier in his career.

"I sprained my ankle and I'll see how it feels ... and kind of go from there," said Curry, who scored 31 points.

"I've been through this before on this ankle, and knowing the surgical repairs from five or six years ago are fine, I should be able to bounce back."

The reigning NBA champions had overturned a 69-49 half-time deficit to grab a win, raising their record to 19-6.

Coach Steve Kerr however was unimpressed that the Warriors had once again been required to dig themselves out of a hole of their own making. "We've got to show some poise when things aren't going our way," Kerr said.

That lack of composure was evident in an ugly confrontation between Warriors star Kevin Durant and Pelicans DeMarcus Cousins near the end of the game. Both players were thrown out.

Elsewhere, Kyrie Irving scored 32 points as the Boston Celtics overcame a 40-point performance from the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo in a 111-100 win. The Cleveland Cavaliers notched a 113-91 win over the Chicago Bulls, with Dwyane Wade scoring 24 points on his return to his former club.


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